Self Portrait & I Am What I Am
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• Originally from Durham in the north of England, Ruth Copeland was married to the Invictus’ head of A & R, Jeffrey Bowen and she was an unofficial member of, and backed on records by, the aggregation of musicians headed by George Clinton and known variously as Parliament and Funkadelic. She also co-wrote many of their songs.
• These two incredibly rare albums were issued in 1970 and 1971, and feature many songs co-written with George Clinton, and include her versions of songs recorded by Parliament on their “Osmium” album.
• Also included are Ruth/Parliament’s extended cover versions of the Rolling Stones’ “Play With Fire” and “Gimme Shelter”, along with five bonus tracks.
• This is the most complete collection of her Invictus recordings to ever find its way into the digital domain, including several tracks making their CD debut.
• The booklet is fully annotated by HDH authority Tony Rounce, and features many rare singles labels.
|| ||Prologue: Child Of the North|
|| ||Thanks For The Birthday Card|
|| ||Your Love Been So Good To Me|
|| ||The Music Box [album version]|
|| ||The Silent Boatman / To William In The Night|
|| ||No Commitment [album version]|
|| ||I Got A Thing For You Daddy|
|| ||A Gift Of Me [album version]|
|| ||Un Bel Di|
|| ||The Music Box [single version]|
|| ||A Gift Of Me [single version]|
|| ||No Commitment [single version]|
|| ||The Medal|
|| ||Crying Has Made Me Stronger|
|| ||Hare Krishna [album version]|
|| ||Suburban Family Lament|
|| ||Play With Fire|
|| ||Don’t You Wish You Had (What You Had When You Had It)|
|| ||Gimme Shelter [album version]|
|| ||Hare Krishna [single version]|
|| ||Gimme Shelter [single version]|
Record Collector, Christmas 09
Durham, England’s Ruth Copeland promptly disappeared after recording her third LP, Take Me To Baltimore, in 1976. Her first two long-players on Invictus, from 1970 and ’71 respectively, released with bonus cuts as Self Portrait… Plus + I Am What I Am… Plus are simply amazing. Copeland, who moved to Detroit in the 60s, shared a similar musical weltanschauung to George Clinton and, joining his Parliafunkadelicment thang, helped sing and write Parliament’s debut LP, 1970’s Osmium. She teamed up with Funkateers including Eddie Hazel and Bernie Worrell to make her own records, which are a volatile mix of ethereal, transcendental folk, mesmeric soul and funk, and autobiographical spoken-word pieces. Eddie Hazel is magnificent throughout, as is Copeland, whose version of The Rolling Stones’ Play With Fire and Gimme Shelter are ace.